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Get Involved: February Meetings

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February Meetings:

At a Glance (details below)

  • Tues Feb 6: Program and Events Leadership Team (PELT) – meets at the Powerhouse (first Tuesdays)
  • Tues Feb 13:  Committee of the Whole (COW) – meeting Powerhouse 7-8, this month is followed by drinks at Roxy’s BackDoor (second Tuesdays)
  • Wed Feb 21: Communications, Outreach and Development (COD) – meets at Works Progress (third Wednesdays)

Committee of the Whole (COW)

Please Join Us for the Committee of the Whole – Lovingly known as the COW!

This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Meet and Greet and Eat snacks.

  • This month:  In celebration of FAT Tuesday, we are starting our meeting at the Powerhouse (7-8 pm) then moving over to the Back Door at Roxy’s; where we can raise our glasses and talk about our creative visions for the 30th Fremont Solstice Parade

Tuesday February 13 (note the location!)
Monthly on the Second Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm at the Powerhouse. (3940 Fremont Ave N.)

The monthly COW meetings include opportunities to:

  • Hear one minute announcements from our community
  • Share your creative adventures and engage others
  • Learn how to get involved in upcoming events and artful gatherings
  • Brainstorm!
  • Hear presentations from community members about cool projects and events
  • Find out what the FAC Leadership Teams are up to, and how to get involved.

Leadership Teams:

Did you know that the Parade and the Feast are created by volunteers? Come on down to the planning meetings this month and be part of the mayhem that makes this happen!    Your ideas and participation are needed.

Time: Gather at 7 pm. Meetings will start promptly at 7:10 and adjourn by 9pm.

Tuesday Feb. 6:  Program and Events Leadership Team

This team meets 1st Tuesdays at: The Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N.

The days are getting longer, and it’s time to start creating the Feast of the Winter Solstice. Your mind, hands, and time are crucial to making this feast the best one yet! Please join us at our monthly events leadership team meeting to plan and make possible these community celebration events – and much more.

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Wednesday February 21: Communications, Outreach & Development (COD) Leadership Team

This team meets 3rd Wednesdays at: Works Progress Co-work Space: 115 N. 85th St. #202 (Across 85th from Bartells. Enter around back from the alley off 1st Ave NW).

This team plans and secures funding to sustain the FAC and its programs. We also organize the outreach so we can shout from the rooftops about the FAC’s artful celebrations. Agenda includes planning for upcoming fundraising campaigns.

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The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist.

— The FAC is powered by volunteers.

{photo Joe Tymczyszyn 2017}

Seeking New Members for the Board of Directors

It is that time of year when the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) elects members to the Board of Directors. Many of our current Board are returning to serve the community, but there is more room for you or for someone you think would make a great addition to FAC leadership. Nominations are now open and will remain open until February 23rd.

The FAC is seeking board members who have organizational or development skills they would like to share.  Board members meet monthly on Tuesday evenings* and the time commitment is 4 to 10 hours per month.  Board members also participate on a leadership team.

Requirements to which board members must agree to commit:

  • Two (2) years’ service on the Board
  • In-person attendance for at least ten of the twelve annual board meetings
  • Facilitate 1-2 COW meetings a year, by planning the agenda and lead the meeting
  • Active participation and leadership as either a Board officer, event lead for a FAC event, and/or co-chair of a FAC leadership team: (i.e. Outreach & Development; Program & Events; or Finance, Operations & Governance).
  • Advance preparation for regular board meetings and leadership team meetings
  • Advocating for the interests of the FAC between meetings

Qualities and Skills needed by FAC Board members:

  • Be a member of the Fremont Arts Council (as of Feb. 13th)
  • Positive, proactive, and enthusiastic attitude for the organization
  • Willingness to try new things and take on many and miscellaneous tasks as they arise for the organization
  • Strong skills and experience in at least one of these essential areas:

* An artist experienced with celebration art or art administration
* Event planning
* Fundraising or grant writing
* Management or administration
* Communications or social media
* Finance or recordkeeping
* Construction or design

Other skills which make for effective Board Membership:

  • Have participated in FAC events and activities
  • Experience serving on the Board of a non-profit organization
  • Able spokesperson and advocate on the FAC’s behalf
  • You are an artist
  • Thoughtful, confident, articulate, succinct, polite, respectful, and a good listener
  • Able to process large amounts of information and make thoughtful decisions in a group context fairly quickly.
  • Inspires and motivates others to contribute

2018 will be the 30th Fremont Solstice Parade! So, now is the time to step-up your contribution in this fun, creative, and community building organization. If you possess some of the qualities and skills we need, WE NEED YOU!

To vote or to run for the Board you must be a current paid FAC member. Renew your membership now or become a member. To be an effective leader for this dynamic and busy community of artists, all nominees should be prepared with the time and commitment to roll up your selves, have a great time, and take on a stewardship role for the organization.

To nominate yourself as a candidate for the Fremont Arts Council Board of Directors:

Please submit a Letter of Intention (300 words or less) in which you state why you wish to be a member of the Board, and a relevant biography of why you are qualified to serve. Describe your background, experience and strengths that you would bring to board service; as well as your interests, vision and goals you have for the FAC.  This letter will be published with the ballot for voting members on February 25th.   Please submit your letter to:  fac@fremontartscouncil.org.

Nominations must be received no later than February 23rd, 2018.

Election Day is the March 13th COW meeting. All current FAC members (current as of February 13th) will receive a voting ballot by e-mail. On-line voting will close at 6pm March 13.  Members may also attend the March 13 COW meeting and submit a ballot. Election results will be announced at the end of that meeting.

If you have any questions about being a member of the FAC Board, or about the organization, you may send these questions to: fac@fremontartscouncil.org

* board meeting date subject to change per preference of the group
{photo L. Hanlon, 2017}

Petit Troll Parade – and Art Workshops

This month, we’re bringing our Petit Trolls to life! This tiny parade is done in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Sunday, February 11th (just before Fat Tuesday), we will do a flash-mob-style procession, pulling our mini-glittering themed floats through the Fremont Sunday Market. Come find out how you can play with us!

The floats are small toy rolling vehicles made into shimmering, themed floats using recycled materials and glue guns.

Come to the Powerhouse and make a float or decorate an umbrella.

The FAC hosts workshops to make and decorate floats on these Saturdays:

  • January 27, Noon to 4pm
  • February 3, Noon to 4pm
  • February 10, Noon to 4 pm

Workshops at the Fremont Powerhouse:  3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

+ We’ll have goo gahs, toys and treasures to add to your float.

+ You can also make a Mardi Gras mask or look through the costumes for a festive parading outfit.

FLOAT GUIDELINES

  1. Floats should be smaller(ish) than a case of wine (as in a dozen bottles, not a box of box wine).
  2. No printed words or logos.
  3. No live animals (except guide animals).
  4. No motorized/remote controlled floats.
  5. No weapons or fire.

WHAT TO BRING TO WORKSHOPS

+ A base to build on. Wheels can be added to a cardboard box or you can use something that is already wheeled. Note: Wider is better when it comes to bases – we’ve used some rather small toys as bases in past years but they tend to tip over when pulled through the streets.

+ Objects to create your scene.

+ An umbrella to decorate.

+ Extra toys and fancy bits to share with others.

+ Snacks to share

Petit Troll Event Details:

Petit Troll – the FAC Mardi Gras parade of miniature floats – rolls through Fremont on Sunday February 11th.  Join us!

Come down and be a part of the newest Arts Council tradition!

February 11th (the Sunday before Fat Tuesday)

Gather at 11 am

Parade rolls at Noon

Don’t be late or you’ll miss the Petit parade!

WHERE:

Meet at the west end market flags at the Fremont Sunday Market. We parade for a couple blocks, take some pictures, circle back around to the start point and then go out for drinks.

MORE PARADE INFO:

+ We’ll have extra floats to pull if you don’t get a chance to make your own.

+ We also need folks to pass out Mardi Gras beads.

+ Come festively dressed!

+ Bring a decorated umbrella if you have one.

+ Laissez les bon temps rouler!